ALL ABOUT FIX IT CAFES
St. Albert Tool Library believes in sharing knowledge and resources and building community. To that end, we host bi-monthly Fix It Cafes in locations around St. Albert. What is a Fix It Cafe? Exactly what it sounds like: a place to enjoy a cup of coffee while you see that something broken gets fixed!
Residents can bring one or two broken items* and meet with one of our talented fixers to learn how to repair it/them over a cup of coffee. Fix it Cafes are free, but donations are appreciated as they keep the Tool Library and its programs running. Donation boxes are at each station.
Fix It Cafes are drop-in events. Please check event details on our home page for location, time, and acceptable items, for each Cafe is a little different.
Fixers are volunteers with an interest in and/or knowledge about fixing certain things. You can work alongside a Fixer to shadow or help out, and learn as you go. By putting creative and innovative minds together, we will save as much from the landfill as we can!
*Please note that if you need parts replaced on your items, you will have to bring those parts along, though we may be able to improvise with some repair parts on hand. Second items for repair will only be repaired if there is no one else waiting.
WHAT TO EXPECT AT THE CAFE:
You will be greeted at RECEPTION to fill out a disclaimer and sign in.
Centers vary from SEWING, ELECTRICAL, BIKES, LAPTOP TROUBLE SHOOTING and GENERAL REPAIRS.
There is also a SMALL PROJECT TABLE available for jobs you think you can tackle on your own but need supplies. On this table will be assorted glues, tapes, sewing material, lubricants, and so on. This station will also have a inflating device, battery testing, shoe polishing, and sock darning. There will be assistance at this table, if you need help.
DONATIONS OF SUPPLIES
If you have small consumables at home that you no longer need - like nails, sandpaper, blades, bits, paint rollers, painters tape - please drop them off! If they don't get used at the Fix it Cafe, they will go to the Tool Library for others to take in exchange for a donation.
NOTHING TO FIX? CHECK US OUT ANYWAY!
Even if you have nothing to fix, we invite you to come out to a Fix It Cafe, pull up a chair and watch how easy it can be to fix things. Ask some questions and meet some great people. Once you are inspired to tackle a project of your own, you can sign up for a St. Albert Tool Library membership, borrow the tools you need and be on your way. Exciting! Books give us the knowledge and ideas but tools give us an experience and story of our own!
Of course any successful event is not without community volunteers! We are continually adding people versed in the art of fixing to our mailing list, so if that’s you, sign up to help out! When an event is scheduled, you will get an e-mail inviting you to join us. If you sew, fix bikes, can do phone repair, book binding, scissor sharpening, tool repair/sharpening, computer troubleshooting, shoe repair/shining, leather work, jewelry fixing, instrument maintenance, small appliance repair, etc., we would love to have you as part of the team. There is such joy and satisfaction in helping others by using our gifts and talents. Fixers are welcome to bring their own repair tools and any other items then need, or use the public table of tools supplied by the Tool Library.